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Pallant, Amy; Lee, Hee-Sun; Pryputniewicz, Sarah – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
Incorporating scientific uncertainty as part of science teaching means acknowledging that there may be incomplete or potentially limited scientific information when scientists draw conclusions. In the geosciences, scientists routinely make inferences about the Earth based on observations of the present, and test those observations against…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Ambiguity (Context), Science Process Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Kortz, Karen M.; Cardace, Dawn; Savage, Brian – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
Although field and research experiences have been shown to help retain students in the geosciences, there is less known about how and why this is the case. We created a field-based research experience for five students with a range of backgrounds and prior experiences. We used mixed methods case study research to identify affect-related…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Student Research, Persistence, Intention
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Ricci, Jamie L.; Riggs, Eric M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
This qualitative study examines the experience of 12 Native American youth who participated in culturally appropriate geoscience summer programs throughout California. These programs have been shown to change participating youths' perceptions of science. After the programs, the youth are more likely to describe science as something tribes use to…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, American Indian Students, Earth Science, Science Instruction
Dahl, Robyn Mieko; Droser, Mary L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
University earth science departments seeking to establish meaningful geoscience outreach programs often pursue large-scale, grant-funded programs. Although this type of outreach is highly successful, it is also extremely costly, and grant funding can be difficult to secure. Here, we present the Geoscience Education Outreach Program (GEOP), a…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Course Improvement Projects, Cost Effectiveness, STEM Education
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Foley, J. M.; Bruno, B. C.; Tolman, R. T.; Kagami, R. S.; Hsia, M. H.; Mayer, B.; Inazu, J. K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
To support teachers in enhancing ocean literacy, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) has developed a series of portable, hands-on science kits on selected topics in oceanography. This paper provides an overview of kit content, describes how the kits were developed, and evaluates their efficacy as a curriculum…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Instructional Materials
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Unsworth, Sara; Riggs, Eric M.; Chavez, Marc – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Native American nations in the United States have a unique legal status that is rooted in a complex relationship between the United States federal government, individual state and local governments and tribal authorities. Although geosciences are often at the center of these relationships, especially as they pertain to the development of natural…
Descriptors: American Indians, Disproportionate Representation, Earth Science, Culturally Relevant Education
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Gilbert, Lisa A.; Stempien, Jennifer; McConnell, David A.; Budd, David A.; van der Hoeven Kraft, Katrien J.; Bykerk-Kauffman, Ann; Jones, Megan H.; Knight, Catharine C.; Matheney, Ronald K.; Perkins, Dexter; Wirth, Karl R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Do students really enroll in Introductory Geology because they think it is "rocks for jocks"? In this study, we examine the widely held assumption that students view geology as a qualitative and remedial option for fulfilling a general education requirement. We present the first quantitative characterization of a large number of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Geology, Student Attitudes
Monet, Julie; Greene, Todd – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Students in an introductory physical geology course often have difficulty making connections between basic course topics and assembling key concepts (beyond textbook examples) to interpret how geologic processes shape the characteristics of the local and regional natural environment. As an approach to address these issues, we designed and…
Descriptors: Geology, Earth Science, Science Instruction, Satellites (Aerospace)
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Riggs, Eric M.; Lieder, Christopher C.; Ballliet, Russell – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Field instruction is a critical piece of undergraduate geoscience majors' education, and fieldwork remains a major part of the work of professional geologists. Despite the central importance of field education, there exists relatively little educational research exploring how students learn to solve problems in geological fieldwork. This study…
Descriptors: Geology, Problem Solving, Undergraduate Students, College Science
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Sherman-Morris, Kathleen; Morris, John; Thompson, Keith – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
A field course attended by science teachers in California's Owens Valley incorporated geospatial technology to reinforce the relationship between elevation, aspect, or the direction a mountain slope faces, and vegetation. Teachers were provided GPS units to record locations and plant communities throughout the 9-day field course. At the end of the…
Descriptors: Geology, Geographic Information Systems, Plants (Botany), Questionnaires